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Milwaukee man creates shirts for change

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 22:40:23-04

MILWAUKEE — Putting a message on a shirt. It sounds simple. It is simple, but it can have a profound impact.

"... You're wearing it on your sleeve, literally. It's part of your everyday life. It's something that you are wearing, and you are letting people know what you support and advocating for without having to say anything," Enrique Murguia, a community organizer and owner of Milwaukee OATS, a screen printing studio said.

OATS stands for 'Only A T-Shirt."

"It could become more than just this simple t-shirt. It could be the positive message that it portrays," Murguia said.

Since 2014, Murgia has been promoting messages of positivity and self-empowerment through his screen-printing business in Bay View.

He has worked with tons of local nonprofits like Safe and Sound, Urban Underground, Cream City Conservation, and the Office of Violence Prevention.

Enrique Murgia holding one of his most known shirts 'Welcome To My Neighborhood.'

"The idea behind the movement was to spread positive ideas and positive messages using a simple t-shirt."

Lately, he has been printing shirts that say Black Lives Matter and ones with quotes civil rights activist Assata Shakur.

Enrique Murgia has been printing lots of Black Lives Matter shirts as protests continue in and around Milwaukee.

He does print other shirts for any and all organizations, businesses, and events. However, Murguia likes to make ones that inspire change.

"It's important to do something like this just to spread positive messages to different people," he said.

It might just be a shirt, but the message speaks volumes.

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